Our guest for this episode is Masta Ace. From his first appearance on “The Symphony” (1988), to his most recent release, The Falling Season, Ace has consistently made great music. His verses are always intentful, and his albums are filled with songs with meaning. He is a true Brooklyn emcee; more wit, more skill and less rah-rah. Intelligent and gifted in the art of story telling, his solo albums are a mixture of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lee Daniels and David Simon. Pure cinema.
We cover a lot of territory in this episode, including Ace’s experiences with different record labels, how he finds out about new music, The World’s Famous Supreme Team, neighborhood battles, Marley Marl and how a rap contest at a roller skating rink started everything. But it wasn’t all hip-hop: We also talk about Ace’s stint as a high school football coach and the importance of youth sports. Additionally, Ace’s wife, Leschea, talks about working with her husband on creative projects, why she started her own podcast, and how she met her show’s co-host, Danny Love. Lots and lots of stories. And we manage to even say some positive things about the Knicks. It was a great time!
If you haven’t already, definitely check out Ace’s trilogy (Disposable Arts, A Long Hot Summer, The Falling Season) as well as the latest single, “Y.B.I. (Young Black Intelligent)” featuring Pav Bundy and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. For entertainment and culture news, watch the live broadcast of the Leschea Show every Sunday morning on Facebook and Periscope @lescheashow.